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.

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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 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 tastyville
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I’m drinking less and less cream and sugar with my coffee and replacing it with beer these days. Board Meeting is a new (released February of this year) and delicious brown ale from Port Brewing. This beer is brewed with coffee from local San Diego coffee roasters Ryan Brothers and cocoa nibs from San Francisco chocolate makers TCHO.What makes this beer great is the perfect balance of these high profile flavors. It pours dark- it could be confused with a stout. The aroma is a perfect prelude to the taste as the taste is very predictable and inviting. It’s as if the excellent craftsmanship of the beer corrals the strong coffee and chocolate notes and soothes them to subtlety. The slight dry bitterness at the end finishes even more smoothly. ABV is 8.5% and is sold only in 22oz (so far). One bottle is just not enough so grab two!

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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 lsummers
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super dark mahogany black. Thin tan head that stays for a while. Looks fantastic.

Smell hits you with the coffee and cocoa with some dark fruity sweetness mixed in. Smells like I could be taking a bite of dessert with coffee brewing in the background.

Taste hits with a touch of the bite from carbonation and malty coffee/chocolate notes. Aftertaste is a little sweet, burnt and dry.

Mouthfeel starts with a bite and smooths to a dryer end. It's overall a creamy, thicker beer.

Overall, what a fantastic brown ale. It's a great example of a brewery doing something different yet successful with a style.

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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 smcolw
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

White-beige head that leaves ring lace after each sip. The brew is near black where no light passes.

I smell dark chocolate, mocha and a bit of chalk. Very potent aroma for a brown ale. Attractive.

As far as Brown Ale's go, this is the most flavorful I've ever had. There's milk and dark chocolate flavors along with a solid dollop of hop. The aftertaste is particularly balanced with the aforementioned hop cutting into the strong black patent malt presence (strong black coffee in the swallow). The body is very rich for the style (above average for porter, too). The carbonation hold its own. In a word, chewy.

This might be better described as a Porter, but even there, this is a helluva beer--extraordinarily flavorful and easy to drink.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia..

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a sufficiently-sized, light beige head. Shows good viscosity when rolled around in the ole Duvel glass. A fair amount of lace deposited on the way down.

Smell: Strong note that signals not just coffee-scented malts but coffee-scented coffee was used here, with a sturdy backdrop of chocolate and other darkish malts giving additional roastiness as well as some toasty, nutty notes.

Taste: Smooth roasted malts, sweetish chocolate tones, and a full, sustained coffee bean note. A few, small clumps of brown sugar, maybe a drop of molasses. Slightly charred toast. Pleasant coffee character ramps up as it warms. A little dark fruitiness. Some hoppiness, but, it seems to be a basic bitterness to accentuate the roasty, coffee bitterness and not turn this into "The Hop Show". Smooth, coffee-toned finish that still displays a little crispness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Smooth, creamy, yet the carbonation was right where I wanted it to be. I've encountered many, many brown ales where the motivation behind it and final delivery were zero-minus, but, not here. I quite liked it; a top-notch brown ale.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown/black with a thick, full, rich and long lasting khaki head. This is one of the nicet looking beers I've seen in a long time. If the head stayed as poured for longer than the minute it took to shrink, I'd have given it a 5.

Nose is assertive plum roasted coffee and black chocolate with lovely ester fruit tones. More and more chocolate notes as you continue to smell it.

Mouthfeel is lovely with small elegant bubbles and a somewhat light (but very drinkable) carbonation. One of the strongest positives of this beer is that it is wonderfully balanced which makes it a very drinkable and inviting beer.

Flavors are assertive black chocolate, roasted dark grains and roasted fruity coffee. Drinks wonderfully and while called a "brown ale" it is a big flavorful brown ale and almost more of a "light very well balanced stout."

Finish is all big rich bitter black chocolate and bitter black coffee. This is a delightful and most drinkable effort from Lost Abbey.

(I have to think that Gwen had her hand in this beer! I've never met anyone who knows more about flavor profiles and the science behind them. I'm guessing on this but I wouldn't be surprised if she helped "push the envelope" a bit on this one). Nice drink!

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown color, almost black...with a large tan head that goes down rather quickly. Scent is better than any brown ale I've ever had (from what I can remember off the top of my head). Dark and roasted malt with some nice nuttiness. Packed with coffee and chocolate, it still keeps it's nutty, brown-ale profile without entering the porter/stout domain. Taste on the other hand is a different story. Cocoa up front. A ton of chocolate cocoa with a good amount off fresh ground coffee. Vanilla lingers on the palate, along with a hint of allspice and cinnamon. Lots of rich, dark malt flavor and nuttiness. The flavor is definitely stepping into porter/stout territory. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, and ABV is well hidden. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is probably the best brown ale I have ever had. In a blind tasting, I could see this mistaken for a coffee porter or coffee stout. Outstanding beer, no matter what you wanna label it as.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best brown ales I've ever had.

The look is amazing, it has a great thick head of tan, good lacing, great color. A good start! The smell is pretty nice and has a distinct hazelnut coffee aroma to it that is nice, strong malt presence and the extra roast is great.

The taste has a lot going on, especially for the style wow. A depth of different flavors that work together great: coffee, sweet nut flavors like hazelnut and almond, slightly chocolatey, touch of sweet and savory and even a slightly bitt hop presence to round out the malty flavors. I'm impressed, have never had a brown ale with so many nice flavors. The feel is creamy and carbonated very well.

Impressive. Good on ya port, maybe my second favorite beer after older vis.

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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 denver10
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a huge overflowing mocha head and nice lacing. A fantastic aroma; the brown ale is definitely there with some nice sweet breadiness and nuttiness, then there's a mild coffee offering some nice roastiness, and the cocoa nibs offering some rich milk chocolate. The coffee was kinda mild in the flavor, but definitely not so in the flavor. Huge coffee flavor on top the nice malty brown ale base with the cocoa closing things out. Flavor definitely came out as it warmed up some, big difference. A medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, great beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers

Nice looking beer - nice chocolate body, sticky layered mocha lace. The ingredients list namedrops some pretty impressive purveyors of beans and nibs from SoCal - the beer showcases them nicely. Nice and rich - layers of well integrated coffee, creamy chocolate, roasted malt. A really nice coffee brown - roasty, lower bitterness, creamy and rich. Would definitely grab more of this.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown, plenty of ruby highlights, under seven fingers of medium tan foam.

A highly inviting aroma of chocolate and coffee.

The cocoa and chocolate shine through in the taste. Mild malt underneath. Some earthy hops bring balance and a bite of bitter.

Smooth, slick mouthfeel.

A big brown ale that rolls right to the line for porters and stouts. Delicious. Nice reminder that Port can do more than just terrific IPAs (not that I am not eager for their Anniversary Ale any day now). I almost overlooked this. Don't make that mistake.

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Photo of Treb0R
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cafe ole colored 3 finger tall lingering head. Dark dark brown body. A lot of sticky lacing hangs around for the duration of the experience.

Smells of toasted malt, coffee, a dash of roastiness and cocoa.

Some vanilla and toasty malts pop on the taste. More coffee and some added cocoa obviously join the party. A very rich, complex brown ale. I would love a coconut version of this for my go-to brown ale.

Mouthfeel is lush and inviting. Not too thin, not too thick. Quenching but rich at the same time.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, Review No. 2800 -

A: Pours a nice mahogany with a medium off-white head, with some good spotty lace.

S: Rich brown malt with a nice mix of chocolate and coffee.

T: Lots of dark bread and brown sugar with good secondary flavours - coffee upfront which melds to dark chocolate in the mid-palate which comes back to heavy coffee in the finish.

M: Medium to full-bodied, rich and creamy with a long aftertaste. Well structured.

O: This is a very good big brown ale with a lot of flavour, just wish it didn't cost more than a bomber of Old Viscosity.

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Photo of mscudder
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle served in a snifter.

A - Pours an opaque black with a large tan head. Looks more like a thin stout than a brown. Above average retention and lacing.

S - Getting lots of cocoa from the nose, smooth coffee behind it. I detect a reasonable malt presence with some nuts mixed in. Sticks to what it says on the bottle!

T - Smooth roasted malts, cocoa sweetness and soft coffee compose the primary elements. Some earthy notes, nuts and mild vanilla round it out.

M - Nice medium+ body with smooth, non-overbearing, carbonation.

O - This is a really, really good brown. Balance is off the charts and can easily see myself buying these in bulk for around $5 a bomber.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, bottled 2/4/13

A- pours dark brown-nearly black with a huge rocky and pillowy tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving subtle matches of lace behind

S- nice roasty malt character with some notes of espresso. Earthy cacao nibs, tiramisu cream, with a nutty roasted character and dark roast coffee near the back end. Quite complex for a brown ale

T- bittersweet chocolate transitions into a nice dark coffee bitterness, caramel with some lactose-like sweetness transitions into a nice roasted nutty character. The finish provides an herbal-earthy hop bitterness that gives good balance to a dry and nutty finish

M- medium body with medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel leads to a foamy and silky finish. The alcohol drinks more like a 5-6%, as it is barely noticeable

O- very complex layers of flavor while still staying within the realm of a brown ale. This style usually isn't my thing, but this one stands a level above all of the others I've had of the style. Highly reccomended

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled February 1, 2013. Served at around 45F.

Pours dark brown to nearly black with a three finger brown head that leaves impressive webs of lacing and settles to a small cap.

Aroma is premium coffee beans and cocoa on top of a robust, nutty Brown Ale base. Fairly straightforward, but done very well, each component shines in its own right. Very good strength.

Flavor is sweet chocolate/cocoa, rich coffee, roasted malts, nutty, caramel, toffee, vanilla, a little bit of hop bitterness, overall on the sweet side, moderate alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little sticky, average carbonation.

This is one super-fantastic Brown Ale. I love coffee and chocolate in my beers and this delivers. Very rich and robust, somewhere between a Porter/Stout and Brown Ale. Yummy!

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Photo of kaseydad
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this for a few weeks now and finally made the purchase. Pretty sweet label.

The brown is indeed dirty brown and a huge beige head that will not go away. Intense. Gobs of lacing.

The smell is big roasty goodness. The chocolate is from TCHO which I have been lucky enough to peruse their wares. Great chocolate addition with a good amount of roasted coffee to enhance the aroma. Light leather and a touch of licorice. As it warms, the leather (catcher's mitt aroma) really kicks in more. Kinda cool.

The taste has a lot going on here. Black coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, a blast of espresso and a leather shoe. Yup, it's in there. Pretty hoppy as well with good carbonation. With the Brown I expected that but it's not overpowering.

Overall I really enjoyed this Brown. A lot of flavor for a relatively cheaper $6-7 bomber with fun session to behold. 8.5% gives it some meat, but overall a bomber consumption was perfect. Very nice creation from Port.

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - great dark stout look with minimal lacing
S - morning coffee & toast smell
T - coffee stout with some dark brown toast and unsweetened caramel
M - lasting dark roasted coffee feel I can feel it on the inside of my cheeks
O - well rounded dark brown porter lstyle beer with coffee overtones

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

This is probably the best brown ale I have ever had. The beer pours a nearly opaque deep rich brownish amber. The ecru head is thick and frothy and is leaving a very nice lace. The smell is rich with earth, peat, espresso, alcohol and chocolate. The taste has almost a tiramisu flare....bread, with mocha balance. The first few sips also carried an alcohol push. The mouthfeel is full bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer and should be loved by all who favor brown ales.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber, bottled 2/4/13, into my Deschutes tulip glass...

A - Pours a dark cola brown with two fingers of dense foamy light brown head. Minimal lacing left behind while I sip.

S - The front is coffee dominent with notes of dark bittersweet chocolate but very slight.

T/M - Bitter coffee on the front of the taste with a caramel almost nutty middle and a bittersweet cocoa finish that lingers. As it warms, the cocoa really comes thru. More than it did when it was cold. Medium/full mouthfeel, slighly slick.

O - Once again a good beer from Port Brewing. This brown ale highlights all the flavors very nicely, but the coffee does seem to shine moreso than the cocoa nibs when it was cold(ish). As it warmed to just under room temp, the cocoa really shined. Great drinkability, and would definitely buy again.

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