Board Meeting
Port Brewing

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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #11
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,148
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 8.15%
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
661
From:
Port Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  58
Gots
  79
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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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Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 661
Reviews by magictacosinus:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for sharing, Erik. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. I was excited to try this, as it's made with TCHO chocolate, which is arguably my favorite chocolate maker in the country! Yum!

Even when properly poured, this thing produces a massive 5-finger head atop a deepened, oily brown-blackness unlike pretty much any brown ale I've ever seen before. There's an off-khaki color in the head, and the liquid its self isn't necessarily black (although no light shines through it), and despite the addition of coffee and cocoa, it doesn't quite look like a fresh espresso or anything. It's almost as if they got a nut brown ale and mixed it with freshly ground chocolate and coffee in the bottle. Lots of bubbles on this one, providing extra creaminess. Looks marvelously decadent.

The aroma came as a surprise, as the amount of coffee and cocoa in this thing is more than I expected. So much, in fact, that there's barely any aspects that resemble beer at the nose, as the malts and hops are pretty much subdued under coffee bean bitterness and chocolate roasted characters. In fact, at this point the coffee is pretty much serving as the bitter backdrop of the beer over the hops. There's some graininess at back, perhaps a little bit of dark breadiness, but this smells a lot more like freshly boiled chocolate than an actual brown ale, let alone a beer for that matter. I have no idea how to rate this based on this, but it doesn't smell bad by any means. It smells delicious, in fact. But those other ingredients are undeniably hard to find.

The flavor definitely continues what the aroma was doing, but does reveal more aspects that make this a beer after all. Huge espresso bean notes, kona coffee, and wonderful freshly cracked cocoa bean astringency at the finish that I love TCHO's products for. A bit of graininess soon follows that adds some bready characteristics with the malts, as well as vanilla, sweetened blackberries, and lots of creaminess. In a way, this resembles a liquefied chocolate pudding! There's definitely some aspects that open up down the road, including toasted malts becoming a bit clearer. This thing is ridiculously thick, and the alcohol is WAY too concealed underneath all the sugary hedonism for this to be a safe drink to wade through.

When I thought I had already had the ultimate chocolate/coffee beers... This comes along. What a wonderful, yet hearty experience this is to drink. It totally shows what a beer can become depending on the quality of ingredients added to it. I still can't get any classic brown ale characteristics here, but it is pretty delicious overall. It makes a great dessert beer for sure, and pairing it with TCHO chocolate could be even better. It's not the most balanced beer in displaying all of its ingredients, but it still was easy and pleasurable to drink. Recommended.

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Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Board Meeting is a dark brown color with good clarity. It has thick head but settles fairly quickly. There is some nice lacing left behind.

Aroma is nice and roasty like a good porter but with obvious coffee influence.

Flavor is strong but balanced with a good level of coffee that doesn't overwhelm. Nce sweetness up front with roasty bittersweet coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

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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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Board Meeting from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 661 ratings