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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 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 ArrogantB
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $6.99. Description sounded pretty good and I've found Port beers to be more consistent and affordable than Lost Abbey so I gave it a shot. Dark brown, definitely a brown ale not a porter. Smell is decent cofffee, not bad. Flavor is more coffee, I get no chocolate nibs, pretty meh overall. I would not purchase this again and it was a little too strong to boot.

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Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.34/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid brew.
Dark brown color. Smell is nothing extraordinary, as an the taste was a very strong coffee. Mouthfeel was very smooth, and not overly carbonated . Only complaint (just my opinion), is the coffee flavor was a bit more than I would like. Otherwise a good choice.

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Photo of ChanChan
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: This is pretty dark for a brown ale, the head starts off big but then dissipates into a small ring in the glass, minimal lacing!

Aroma: Initially I get a good amount of cheap coffee, as the beer warms up it becomes smoky and you can detect the cocoa nibs.

Taste: Same as aroma, at first its all coffee but then the camp-fire smokiness and a bit of cocoa come through to make up for the initial cheap coffee taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This beer, like the Palo Santo Marron by Dogfish Head, both have an identity problem. Palo Santo is closer to an Imperial IRS and whereas this one could have been easily labeled a Rauchbier. It is a pretty solid beer nonetheless. I would buy it again at $5.00 but it's too expensive for $8.00 !!

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Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in the wine glass with a decent head. Plenty of suds in the mouth. This has a thicker substance with a slick mouthfeel. Nice chocolatey aroma with something herbal.

There is a lot of coffee flavor, though it took me some sipping to realize that's what it was. The bitter chocolate taste is the more powerful. Not much taste of alcohol, but there is a winey hint. An abundance of roast malt and plenty of sweetness. Overall this is a richly flavored smooth brew that is totally drinkable.

Aftertaste is bitter coffee with a hoppy edge. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Ibis Market in Mission Hills.

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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 jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely deep brown, unable to see through it. 2 fingers of brown tinged, mountainous head. Smells heavily of cocoa and coffee, some chocolate covered espresso beans.

Rather lightly bodied for the amount of alcohol in it. Medium bodied with brisk carbonation, body stays consistent, a little thin upfront, but otherwise pretty rich without being overbearing. Bitter sweet cocoa up front with hints of dark chocolate. Subtle fruity nuances underneath it all. Finishes with a creamy coffee flavor and a very faint bitterness that balances the sweetness. Coffee and cocoa flavors linger. Would make an excellent breakfast beer except for the abv. Very deceptive with it's abv as well. Tastes and drinks like an incredibly complex yet drinkable and flavorful american brown.

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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 jdhowe
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, date 2/? ... best guess is 2/13 bottling date, but I'm not sure.

A: Pours a drak brown, with a thin clarity to it showing lots of light while pouring. A bit of light passes through the edges of the glass showing a light brown color, mostly clear. 1/2 finger of tan head dissipates to a spotty film.

S: Cocoa and coffee dominate this, unsurprisingly. Roastiness, smokiness, and malt are also evident, alongside something that is a little sour or tart, almost like a sharp tart fruit. Overally pleasant.

T: Right up front with lots of coffee. Following is the roastiness, malt, sweetness, and the tartness is there too. The finish is very bitter, maybe overly so. One thing this beer does very well is hide its alcohol content.

M: Actually very nice. Light, very well carbonated, and very drinkable. Nothing detracting here.

O: A pretty fine beer. The coffee isn't great, and whatever is up with the slight sourness worries me a bit. I will probably not be drinking this again, but couldn't fault someone for choosing to do so.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught at Lost Abbey's tasting room into a taster glass. Cost was $1.00. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and fair retention. Body colour is a dark black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Coffee and cocoa. Dark malts. Roast. Caramel. Chocolate malt. Very enjoyable. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cocoa, coffee, a hint of chili pepper, and dark malts. Fantastic balance. Very enjoyable, with impressive complexity. The chili pepper subtlety is divine.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Excellent carbonation. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable for the style. I really like it. I'd definitely get it again. Another solid beer from Port.

High B

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- dark brown color, nice thick head, nice lacing, pretty dark for a brown ale

Smell- very malty

Taste- chocolatey, malty

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would have it again but I usually don't drink brown ales. Very good for a brown ale though

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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 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 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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Photo of Glennlawless
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 22 oz specialty glass.

A - Poured a verrry dark brown almost black....with a frothy 3 finger head. you would think this is a stout, holy crap. Very foamy head...about 2 inches over the lip of the glass and not spilling over. holding perfect shape. Nice thick lacing left while drinking.

S - Just getting a mass amount of rich chocolate and espresso. smells good. a minimal of dark fruit comes through along with a touch of alcohol heat.

T - A beer for coffee lovers clearly. tonnns of coffee throughout with little hints of chocolate here and there. that's all im really getting. I love coffee too so....cheers. this beers tasty.

M- Very creamy, smooth, medium-heavy feel. decently carbonated as well.

Overall this is a good winter type brew. Very heavy tho, I could only have one. Just a giant coffee bomb to make a long story short. Very nice.

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Photo of bnes09
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown. Sudsy, soda-like head but with good retention.

Rich, dark aroma with tons of cocoa.

Dense roasted malt. Bold coffee. Dark chocolate. Almonds. Wheat toast. Mild earthy hop. Well balanced.

Medium body. A little over carbonated. Grainy texture.

Solid brown ale. I'm used to these types of flavors in porters and stouts but not in brown ales until now. I'm glad Port Brewing has ventured out and taken my taste buds where they haven't been yet.

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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 flexabull
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown color with a pretty big off white head.

Aromas are of coffee, cream, brown sugars, and coffee beans.

Taste is pretty coffee forward, creamy, with some brown sugars, and cocoa. Finish is fairly bitter, with some pine notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth, soft, with nice body.

Overall, an interesting brown. I think it's a bit to heavy handed with the coffee, but it's still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DonFrap
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a treehouse snifter. Dark brown with a nice 2-3 finger head. Good retention and decent lacing. Smell on this beer is very good. Chocolate comes through like crazy with a nice coffee backup. Taste is strong chocolate also. My issue was with the coffee, kinda weird, not sure what's causing the off taste. I normally love big bitter coffee taste, but not here. Maybe it's just from being shipped of sitting in the fridge for a couple weeks. Maybe fresh is best here.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola brown, small mocha/tan head that leaves pretty quick. Lots spotty lace.

S - Best part of this beer. Coffee, then malt, then cocoa way in the back.

T - Big brown flavor, coffee and cocoa are present but not in near the intensity of the smell.

M - Medium to full body, creamy, good carb and balance. Just a little thinner than I had hoped.

D - All in all a tasty beer.

NOTE: In growler 9.1.13. Much richer. Would have rated it higher.

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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 micromaniac129
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark and menacing with a dark beige head.
The aroma is very roasted with a bit of coffee notes.
The taste is equally roasted like the nose but it's not over done. There is subtle roasted cofee flavor too.
On the palate there is some char and gritt present in the otherwise smooth and silky flow.
All the ports I've had, had been of the IPA style so this porter is a refreshing change of pace. And is equally up to task.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. Small layer of bone colored foam. Okay.

Has a great presence of cocoa nibs and roasted coffee and brown ale malts. Reminds me of Cigar City Cubano a little. Nice and deep with complexity and darker notes. Earthy, like African coffee. Awesome.

Coffee-forward with notes of dark cocoa and sweet roasty malts. Has mellowness and fervor with a noticeable alcohol peeking in. A great morning ale, for sure.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am appreciative to my bro tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me and BA carlos, enjoyed chilled in a pint.

The color is dark brown bordering on black with thick medium brown head which settles to a couple fingers. The lace sticks well and retention is good. The aroma is very earthy almost vegetal and light roasted and caramel malt aroma and mild cocoa scent. The feell is very smooth with some light tannin and roasted texture with mild oily coffee quality and mostly dry finish with medium low bitterness.

The taste is very good with plenty of dark malt toastiness and some light vegetal tinges from the cacao with mild roasted bean taste and gentle tannin in the middle with relatively clean yeast and light bitterness earthy qualities of hops and the coffee/cocoa come through with a nice toasted grain backbone in the malt. I thought this was very drinkable for an imperial brown and the added flavors complimented the base very well -I recommend this to fans of the style.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at race street cafe - served in tulip

Opaque, deep brown, near blacked out pour with a creamy froth of tanned head resting on top. Filmy retention sits, leaving a few patches of lacing on the glass.

Intensely roasty and warm in the nose with plenty of espresso beans, cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate. Hints of caramel and nuttiness with a soft warm glow.

Warm and mildly sweet up front, powered by baker's chocolate, cocoa powder and roasted nuttiness. Espresso beans, mild coffee flavor and layers of malt. Touches of caramel and dark chocolate towards the back end, finishing a sweet and warm.

Medium body, slightly milder carbonation, smooth and chewy on the tongue. An interesting beer that tip toes down the lines of brown ale, imperial brown ale and stout.

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